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Tracey Marshall
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Posted on Thursday, Mar 2, 2006 - 8:11 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Here's a problem for you all. Just brought my 4yo QH gelding home yesterday and he kept me awake all night farting. I guesstimate that he farts every 10 minutes or so. I have noticed in the past that this tends to happen when he's very stressed, but he was actually quite relaxed last night. Does anyone have any idea why this might be happening?
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Nancy S. Kaplan
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Posted on Friday, Mar 3, 2006 - 9:25 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Tracey
I do not know exactly what to think about your horse's xtra gas, except that I'd be very glad that it is coming out, not staying in, where it could cause some real problems! Maybe he was stressed firm the move you mentioned(he came home from somewhere). And, just curious, did you sleep at the barn with him?
Nancy
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diane sibley
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Posted on Friday, Mar 3, 2006 - 9:31 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

If you find the answer to the 'fart' problem, please please let me know. I'll use it on my son!
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Ann Schrichte
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Posted on Friday, Mar 3, 2006 - 10:17 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I also wondered if you slept in the barn...my TB always farts when I am picking out his back feet!
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cp
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Posted on Friday, Mar 3, 2006 - 11:07 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I swear my horse holds them until I'm either picking his back feet or brushing his tail!

Diane, I can't stop giggling...
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Friday, Mar 3, 2006 - 11:59 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Nancy has it right, you worry when your horse stops. Though he was relaxed last night the stress during the trip and any changes in feedstuff might be responsible.
DrO
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Liliana Velasco Ariza
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Posted on Friday, Mar 3, 2006 - 12:57 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Too funny Diane!

My horse always did it when started a canter and jumping! I guess he needed the extra push!

Hey did you? sleep in the barn that is, otherwise could it be farting hobby and not horse?!
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diane sibley
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Posted on Friday, Mar 3, 2006 - 2:45 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

And if you slept in the barn, did he pull the covers over your head after he farted? hehe
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Sherri L. Hueser
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Posted on Friday, Mar 3, 2006 - 3:08 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Oh....my sides are splitting!! STOP already!
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Erika LIPTON
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Posted on Friday, Mar 3, 2006 - 4:16 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hahaha! Love the image of pulling the covers over your head!
When my horse farts while I am cleaning back feet, I MOVE! Farrier got bombed once...grenades often follow the announcement!
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CherylA
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Posted on Friday, Mar 3, 2006 - 5:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My niece is in vet school - last term they were each assigned a horse to care for. My niece grew up with cows and horses and was considered 'the expert'. Imagine her face when a 'city slicker' student asked: 'Is it normal for a horse to fart when you pick out its claws?'
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Angie
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Posted on Friday, Mar 3, 2006 - 6:19 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Grenades?!?!? That's a good one! My Arab mare farts every time I brush her tail or walk behind her. I figure it's her way of letting me know how she feels about not being #1 with me anymore. Or is that just my guilty conscious?

Either Tracey sleeps in the barn, or the horse sleeps in her house, OR that's one loud horse!!!

BTW, DrO, why does spell check think "farts" is spelled wrong?? Is there a politically correct way of spelling it?
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Lee
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Posted on Friday, Mar 3, 2006 - 7:26 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

All you guys with the feet picking, and tail brushing??....it's deliberate.
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Holly Wood
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Posted on Friday, Mar 3, 2006 - 9:39 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Angie, I bet the spellcheck doesn't have "farts" in its memory bank. When we were kids, it was one of the words my parents never allowed us to say . . . Worse than slang, I guess. Funny, though . . . all these years later, I have met lots of folks whose families used the word quite naturally . . . Maybe it was a regional thing?
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Leilani Clark
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Posted on Friday, Mar 3, 2006 - 10:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

This is such a funny thread. My older mare gasses me every time I brush her tail, walk behind her, look at her rear end, etc. It's pretty funny; she moves her tail to make sure I 'get it'. My younger mare farts once in awhile, but not nearly as much at the older one. I wonder if they learn from each other about that too...
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diane sibley
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Posted on Saturday, Mar 4, 2006 - 7:48 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

This thread reminds me of a T-shirt I used to have that spelled out my philosophy of life...I wore the thing until it literally fell apart. It said...

"Ladies do not belch, snore or fart. Therefore, they must bitch or they will BLOW UP!"
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Angie
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Posted on Saturday, Mar 4, 2006 - 8:36 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Diane,

I used to have that little comic pasted up here by my computer. Loved it!!

I don't think the word "fart" should be used in public, and I think it's vile how everyone talks these days. Around here you want to cover your ears in public places, or at least your childrens ears!

Yea, my mare seems to turn around too and make sure I am in the "Gassing lane" when she lets go!!
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Bill & Cam Russon
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Posted on Saturday, Mar 4, 2006 - 9:46 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

This is an interesting discussion, it reminds me of a saying my grandfather used to say.
A farting horse never tires.a farting man is the man to hire. So I guess the farting is a good thing.
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Nancy S. Kaplan
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Posted on Saturday, Mar 4, 2006 - 9:52 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hey Tracey and All
... LOVE reading and relating to these posts. Tracey, I hope you know we all are laughing WITH you, not at you, since I'm sure everyone of us have slept at the barn more than we care to admit! And, on THAT word that my Mom would spank me if I even wrote it now(God rest her soul). We were allowed to use the word "poot"(now, isn't that just lovely), and, of course "poop"(NEVER, crap).It is just one of those words that the boys around here used, especially when "pooting" on purpose(ha,ha,very funny). I will confess to using it to describe a happy horse in the field, "bucking and farting!" Uh oh, I wrote it! And, I have kept up the tradition by not allowing my family to say it, either!
Nancy
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Nancy S. Kaplan
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Posted on Saturday, Mar 4, 2006 - 10:05 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Okay, Bill and Cam, why would you hire a "man who farts"? I think I can see the "wisdom" in the "horse who farts" part.
Nancy
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Lori
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Posted on Saturday, Mar 4, 2006 - 10:32 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Holly, if it was regional it was my region also.
I never let my kids say that particular f word either. It seems odd to me to see it written so casually.
Must admit the thread had me laughing out loud.
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Holly Wood
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Posted on Saturday, Mar 4, 2006 - 1:33 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Bill and Cam,
Maybe there is really something to that saying. I know I've heard it before, but never gave it much thought. My old General horse, the 40-year old Appy, was the gassiest horse I've ever met. Had the kids in stitches or worse . . . and was the best lesson horse I ever had . . . He was like the Energizer Bunny. He suffered with gas colic about once or twice a year, but even then, he was worth more than the worry and vet bills. As far as a gassy employee though . . . I'd only advise it for outdoor labor. ;-)
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Saturday, Mar 4, 2006 - 1:50 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Yes spell check thinks fart is wrong and you should spell it flatulence. Try it you will see!
DrO
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Anita Wilson
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Posted on Saturday, Mar 4, 2006 - 5:43 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi,

I thought as this subject has been raised, I would add this, its not just kids that seem to find this amusing, my husband, who really should know better (well into his 40's and passed the toilet humour stage) finds great amusement in his boys gassy moments, with sayings of thats my boy and telling his pals that his horse is gas powered. Bertie (the horse)so as not to be confused tends to be more, shall we say prone to these moments, when he sees his food bucket arriving, or possibly a treat in store, sorry forgot, which one am I talking about? My son who is 16 once said just like father like son and he wasnt talking about himself.

Best wishes

Anita
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Lee Canning
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Posted on Monday, Mar 6, 2006 - 12:57 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

This is all totally hilarious! My 4yr old QH mare farts perfectly in rhythm to her jog on the lunge line. The farts are always the same tone... When I can't help burst out laughing, she almost looks embarrassed!
Lee C
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diane sibley
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Posted on Monday, Mar 6, 2006 - 11:08 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

The word 'fart' has origins in Merry Olde England, where is was quite acceptable to use the term in public, as well as to do the 'deed'. In fact, that's why ladies began to use pomanders, besides the lack of hygiene, it was to help cover the horrific odors of both their own and their companions' "indescretions". I imagine that is where their mounts learned the disgusting behavior? When in Rome....
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Holly Wood
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Posted on Monday, Mar 6, 2006 - 11:25 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ahhh . . . thank you, Diane . . .
I think the pomanders were also to cover general "body odor," since baths were seen neither as healthy or were they convenient . . . and I guess flatulence is a kind of B.O., isn't it?
Has anyone here ever heard that high sugar content in a diet is a cause of extreme "gassiness?" Not sure if it's true, but if it is, I wonder if horses on molasses-type feeds have more gas than others. ??
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Lee
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Posted on Monday, Mar 6, 2006 - 5:47 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Time for "Beano"?
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Monday, Mar 6, 2006 - 6:08 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

You know this subject is oddly missing from my book on physiology. I believe most colonic gas is produced by microbial digestion on incompletely digested food stuffs. Experience, aaahemmm, suggests that fiber and perhaps some types of proteins seem to be responsible for most gas production.
DrO
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cp
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 7, 2006 - 6:40 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

You just reminded me of a book that ended up at our house after Christmas called 'Why do men have nipples: Hundreds of questions you'd only ask a doctor after your third martini'. I think you all would get a kick out of it.
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Richard M. Pajtas
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 7, 2006 - 9:53 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Does your horse say, "Here, pull my hoof?" before he lets go?
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Holly Wood
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 7, 2006 - 10:10 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Oh, gee, guys! . . . My husband isn't a member of HA, but he keeps asking about this discussion . . . LOL . . . The last post gave him the laugh he was looking for.
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Lee
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 7, 2006 - 7:57 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Good one, Richard.

Holly, my husband is watching this one too................must be a "man" thing.
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diane sibley
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 7, 2006 - 10:53 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

So...all of you who 'own' sons will relate. I have a good so-called friend (male of course) who taught my then ten-y/o son to swallow air and make it into a fart. This art has been perfected to the point that he can 'poot' on command in any situation. Maybe I need to start him on wheat bran with oil and alfalfa??? OMG, he is impossible to live with. I want my barn built so I can sleep with the horses. Who cares if they pull the coolers over my head? That smells a lot better than ... !!

And just FYI...WE SIGNED THE CONTRACT ON OUR BARN TONITE! THEY WILL START AS SOON AS MATERIAL IS DELIVERED!!!
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Tracey Marshall
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Posted on Monday, Mar 13, 2006 - 5:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I've just managed to get back on the computer and discovered what a funny thread I started!! You guys are just too funny!! I'm glad my boy isn't the only horse that does this, although LeeC that must be hilarious to have a horse in rhythm with her "flatulence". Just to clarify, my husband, myself, our two dogs and one budgie are living in a caravan on our property at the moment that's about three steps away from the round yards we've got the horses in. We're waiting on council approval to build a shed to move into while we then go on to build our house. Between one horse "flatulating" and snoring all night, two others scratching their behinds on the metal rails and making them clank and another one in season that just loves teasing and then squealing at the boys - it's a wonder I get any sleep at all!! And that's just the horses - nevermind the noises the husband and the dogs make!!
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Sara Wolff
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Posted on Monday, Mar 13, 2006 - 7:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Oh, Tracey, do I ever relate! We lived in a small travel trailer next to the barn, (with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 teenage boys)for several months after selling one house and before moving into the other. We had 24 horses banging and snoring and squealing all night, my husband, dog and 2 of the cats snored, and to top it all off we had a mountain lion wander into the area who evidently was looking for a mate, and screamed all night. (It sounded like a very shrill woman screeching very loudly) Even with sleeping pills I couldn't sleep half the time we were there! It will be sooooo much better when you finally get into your house! Hang in there!
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